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Introduction to Geology
INTRO TO GEOL
CLASS CODE: GEOL 101 CREDITS:  3
DIVISION: PHYSICAL SCIENCE & ENGINEERING
DEPARTMENT: GEOLOGY
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course fulfills a General Education - Physical Science requirement.

DESCRIPTION: General non-technical course for the non-science student who desires a broad introduction to Geology. Students who take Geology 101 may not also receive credit for Geology 111. This class is also taught as part of the off-campus Discovery and Natural Science Field Expedition programs. Contact the directors of these programs for fees and other information.
TAUGHT: Winter, Summer, Fall
CONTENT AND TOPICS: 1. Introduction to the Earth
2. Atoms, elements, and minerals
3. Igneous rocks and volcanoes
4. Weathering and sedimentary rocks
5. Metamorphic rocks
6. Geologic time
7. Downslope movement of surface material
8. Stream processes and landforms
9. Groundwater processes and landforms
10. Desert processes and landforms
11. Glacial processes and landforms
12. Shoreline processes and landforms
13. Earth structures: faults and folds
14. Earthquakes and the Earth's interior
15. The geology of ocean basins and continents
16. Plate tectonics
17. Earth's energy and mineral resources
18. Climate change
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. Know the materials that make up the earth.
2. Know processes that mosify the earth;s surface and features.
3. Know internal processes and how they affect the dynamics of the earth.
4. Know how the theory of Plate Tectonics explains earth processes.
5. Know Geologic Resources and how they impact our lives.
REQUIREMENTS: Required Lab: Take Geology 102
PREREQUISITES:
OTHER:
EFFECTIVE DATE: August 1983